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Suggest Tutorials / Re: What would you like to see?
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:17:51 PM »
Hi Nicola,

Your so awesome for telling me that!

There's nothing like that on the site yet.... Sounds like a good idea. I'll add it to my list.

- Matt

Suggest Tutorials / Re: What would you like to see?
« on: April 22, 2014, 12:25:53 PM »
Hi Blckangel,

Thanks for the suggestion.  There are couple of tutorials on drawing an eye and a mouth with charcoal, but not an entire portrait.  Definitely need to have something like this on the site.  I've added it to my list.


Suggest Tutorials / Re: What would you like to see?
« on: April 22, 2014, 12:23:03 PM »
Hi Shari,

Great idea!  This is a concept that is very important to understanding what you see as an artist.  I'll add it to my list.

Thanks for the suggestion!


Suggest Tutorials / Re: What would you like to see?
« on: April 22, 2014, 12:15:07 PM »
Hi Matt! This site is really amazing and it's really giving me wings after years away from art. Thanks for being the wind.

It would be great to see a tutorial on how to render water... Ripples, reflections, values ... In some colored medium like pastel, oil pastel or colored pencil. It seems pretty difficult to capture.

Hi SkyRiverBlue,

Thanks!  I think this is a wonderful idea.  I'll add this tutorial to my list of "to dos".  Thanks for the suggestion!


Hi Abbott!

Thanks for sharing.  I like the harmonious colors that you have used here.  The yellows, greens, and blues are melding together nicely.  I also like the brushstrokes that you have been able to preserve with the gouache.  You mentioned that are working on canvas.  Have you tried working on Masonite or illustration board?  I mention this because the gouache may be easier to build up on a smoother, but rigid surface.  Just a thought.  Again, thanks for sharing!


Suggest Tutorials / Re: What would you like to see?
« on: March 28, 2014, 09:28:25 PM »
Hi Pthardy,

We'll take a look at pan pastels in a Live Lesson at the end of April.


Share Your Art / Re: pencil portrait
« on: March 27, 2014, 02:50:36 AM »
Hi Lobna,

Sorry for the late response.  Incredible work with the hair!  The drawing of the hair is more interesting than the photo.  You have done quite a few things exceptionally well here...

1. Excellent proportions
2. Full range of value
3. Great textures
4. Handling of the medium

An area of improvement...
Perhaps the skin can read a bit smoother.  I have found a trick to accomplish this is to lay down the graphite just as you have, then use a tough vinyl or plastic eraser to gently work over the area by rubbing it with small circles.  An erasil (an eraser encased in a pencil) works well for this.  I've found that this leads to a "skin like" texture without compromising the value of the area.  The key is rub the eraser very gently.

I hope this helps and thanks for sharing.

Share Your Art / Re: Help Me! My Art.
« on: March 27, 2014, 02:41:46 AM »
Hi Luciana,

Welcome!  Sorry it's taken me a few days to get to your work.  I love the work that you've shared.  Really like the apples! 

I like the patterns that you've added in your backgrounds too. 

I think what might benefit you is approaching drawing with a looser approach.  Work on drawing from your shoulder, instead of your wrist.  To help with this, you may try working on larger paper with a looser medium like charcoal.  Make lots of marks and practice on making the mark work for you.  (Let some of the marks be light and others more defined and dark)

Set up a few objects lying around and draw them from observation.  Concentrate on the shapes and values that you see instead of the lines. 

The reason why I think that these practices will help you is because the oil pastel drawing of the apple forced you to be looser and with oil pastels, you have to focus on the shapes and values.  I think this drawing is one of the strongest that you shared.  I think that you'll see quick improvement in your drawing if you work on these two things.

1. Draw looser
2. Focus on observational drawing - looking for the shapes and values instead of the lines.

I hope this helps, and I'd love to see more as your drawing develops.


Suggest Tutorials / Re: What would you like to see?
« on: March 27, 2014, 02:31:41 AM »
I would love to see a graphite drawing of a dog. My sister wants a picture drawn of her dachshund and im not sure how to do it. - Thanks

Hi Kyle,

I'll be adding this to the list of Live Lessons...Mid-April.  I hope that it helps you out.


Suggest Tutorials / Re: What would you like to see?
« on: March 27, 2014, 02:29:37 AM »
I would like to see color pencils flowers as a tutorial.  Also a butterfly in color pencils



Hi Scott,

This will be the first live lesson in April.  It will be a two part series and I hope that it will help you out.


Share Your Art / Re: Diamond from charcoal
« on: March 05, 2014, 02:13:40 PM »
Beautiful work! 

Colored Pencils / Re: White pencil not showing
« on: March 05, 2014, 02:12:31 PM »
Hi Genie,

Could you attach an image?  I might can offer some advice...


General Discussion / Re: Fixative (KRYLON Workable)
« on: March 05, 2014, 01:54:15 PM »
Hi Janet,

I wish I could offer a suggestion here.  I don't ever use fixative on my colored pencil drawings.  Maybe I should.  The reason I don't is because of wax bloom, which often comes up a few months after the drawing is complete.  It's easy to simply wipe the bloom away.  I'm just a little paranoid that it will get caught under the fixative layer.


Suggest Tutorials / Re: What would you like to see?
« on: March 05, 2014, 01:50:29 PM »
Hi Studio Girl,

Sounds like a good idea!  I'll probably make the video and lesson without it being live, so I can be as comprehensive as possible.  Thanks for the great suggestion!


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